Caffe Milano owner Carlo Borella, right, sold his 15-year-old Italian restaurant to a couple from Italy

Rigoberto H. Valencia

Downtown Italian restaurant Caffé Milano is under new ownership.

Italian transplants Carlo and Laura Borella, who opened the eatery at 46 W. Congress St. 15 years ago, sold it to fellow Italians Alfredo and Fulvia Steffenone on Dec. 1.

Carlo Borella said he and his wife decided to sell the restaurant so that they could “take a break” after years of working up to 16 hours a day. Borella ran the front of the house while his wife was the chef.

“We were pioneers of downtown. … We have believed in downtown for 15 years. We just need a break,” he said.

The couple spend the next several months traveling.

The Steffenones, meanwhile, will gradually expand Caffé Milano’s menu in the coming months. The restaurant is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and serves dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.